Landmark Education

Happiness: What gets in the Way of Your Joy?

Cape Cod This past weekend I was happy to rely on my Landmark Education tools when I found my emotions getting the better of me! It happens sometimes doesn't it? We get all caught up in our emotional bodies, but it's important to check in with what is really going on, and do the work!

It's so easy for us humans to 'be right' about something, or to try and 'look good', or 'be dominated' by or try to 'control' another! Our way is always the best way, isn't it?

So, we set ourselves up for disappointments or resentments inevitably because we have our own way of seeing the world and don't realize that other's have their own way too. But here's the thing, none of it means anything. Sounds harsh and kinda sad doesn't it? That was the big driving point in the Landmark Forum though - that we all have our own 'baggage' aka karmic influences that we carry around with us throughout the course of our lives, and what's ultimately happening is our baggage meeting others' baggage, rather than the real truth of you! People are only responding to their own karma - it has nothing to do with you! How sad! Landmark teaches us how to become truly PRESENT to WHAT IS in any given moment. That means, non attachments of emotions and perceptions! Just pure nothingness, or oneness, or love ~ the very essence of being!

It's so hard to grasp that concept because we want to put a label on that 'state of being', and make it mean something, don't we?

As my emotions grabbed hold of me, I was able to quickly shift my world when I checked in with this notion: what if I just dropped 'being right' about how I felt? Then what's left? Nothing. Love. Everything. What a waste it is to not spend every given moment we have in joy and gratitude for being alive!

This doesn't mean ignore. This means drop the nonsense. Tune into what's really energetically there ~ LOVE. And what you will find is that you will learn a lesson if you can accept the challenge. As soon as you turn any challenge into an opportunity to search for how you can be grateful for it, you will learn the lesson you're supposed to and it will elevate you along your path. We are here to evolve as spiritual beings, so anytime you get caught up in emotions, ask yourself to drop being right about something, or drop trying to look good, or drop being dominated by others or trying to control others.

Once you drop what's preventing you from experiencing joy and life, you will open up to receive so many more blessings, I promise! Take responsibility for your life, and choose happiness! I am always immediately overwhelmed with gratitude for the spiritual growth I gain whenever I'm in the midst of a perceived 'challenge' and so I urge you to always look for gratitude even in the darkest of times, because that's when you'll receive double the blessings! It's a Universal Law!

Or better yet, sign up for a Landmark Forum near you, so you too can learn invaluable tools for living a fulfilling life!

KATE-SIGNATURE

Are you Moved, Touched and Inspired?

I decided to dedicate Wednesdays to a "What I'm Up To Wednesdays" feature, in honor of my love for journaling my personal stories to my dear readers. My intentions have been, and will continue to be, to inspire and uplift your spirits as we all share in our journeys to our truth together. If you haven't noticed already, I've started shifting the direction of my blog so that it's clearer, more manageable and 'bite-sized' for you, in a committed effort to delivering you practical tips for health and happiness! I couldn't let go of my lengthy musings of life, however--hope you don't mind!;)

This morning I woke up excited to write and create! Usually I plug away on my laptop in the comfort of my own home, but last week, by default, I ended up writing in a Starbucks Coffee shop--what a refreshingly different change of pace!

Knowing that I had a date with my laptop, I decided to get 'cuted up' (stole that term from one of my clients!) and feel the lively excitement of people, the atmosphere, and the energies that surround me!

I sit here and write to you from a trendy cafe on one of "THE" streets to be on in Los Angeles--Zinque Cafe on Abbot Kinney, Blvd., Venice. I'm surrounded by people "up to big things" in this hipster setting, where the lattes brew by day and the wines flow by night. The farm style chalkboards list the specials, the rod iron stools, old school piano, out door patio and floor to ceiling windows make for quite the experience! My pot of tea was $5.00, but I'm sitting on cushioned seats and immersed in the quintessential 'scene' that is L.A.

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Today's post was intended to share with you 'what I've been up to' from the experiences I've been having as a new graduate of the Landmark Education Forum.

It seems appropriate then, that I'm completely 'moved, touched and inspired' (Landmark speak) sitting here in this trendy cafe and having just hung up the phone with my friend and fellow Landmark graduate, Jen. The new language, and way of being that we discovered while going through the most amazing weekend together has us sharing and connecting to our lives, and the lives of those around us in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Sharing 'what we're up to' with another human is such a gift, as it ignites the humanity that unites us all as one. By sharing, we take a 'stand' for our life--what we are committed to, what matters to us, our personal inquiry, and ultimately what our deepest desires are.

I don't know about you, but I'm notoriously really good at letting the head lead the way, but now having gone through the transformational journey of Landmark's technology, I am more in tune with my hearts voice, rather than the duality of the head.

This is not easy, however. It's easier for me to make things more complicated--to justify how I'm feeling, to 'stick it out' a little longer, just to be sure', or to go back and forth in a state of 'deciding', rather than choosing, without getting real with what's really coming up.

By sharing, we can dig a little deeper to see what lights us up! You know what excites you, what 'moves, touches and inspires you'! The hard part is just acknowledging it and trusting that feeling you get, rather than the practicality of it all. It's so easy to over analyze--believe me, I do it very well! But you know what that does? It just delays the inevitable. If you instead act on the feeling that comes up, you become more and more present to your life as it is right now!

A good friend said to me last week, in the midst of  what I was experiencing as a 'chaotic mess of confusion' that "this is what life looks like when it's working". I loved that saying because it's so true! We don't have anything figured out! All we can do is just trust and have faith that our heart knows best!

I'm in a process, as we all are--simply striving to be better and better each day. My purpose is to learn and to serve--this I know. My life is a special path--it's all mine and uniquely divine. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. As long as I'm aligning with my heart, I can't be lead astray. My life might not make any sense to someone else, but that's okay. I'm in an 'inquiry' of discovering the many levels of my soul.

Where I am right now in this process, is trying to cultivate acting on my feelings rather than logically making lengthy, drawn out decisions.

It's all perfect and exactly the way it should be. I'm observing and becoming a witness to Spirit--meditation in action! Cultivating co-creation rather than reaction!

Trust your feelings. Trust yourself. You are exactly where you're supposed to be. Take a look at what is 'coming up' for you and ACT on them now! Your life is waiting for you!

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Give yourself the greatest gift by enrolling in the Landmark Education Forum. You will be forever transformed to become a master of your own domain--to take a stand for what you believe in and live in accordance with all that you have to offer the world!

In closing, I'm 'touched, moved and inspired' by my call with Jen and the surroundings of this coffee shop. As they say, "it's the simple things in life". Tap into what 'touches, moves and inspires you" today and everyday! You know what lights you up! You know what your heart wants! Now trust it!

PS: the 'quotes' and italics are part of my new language that you too will soon find out about when you take a stand for YOU!:).

Much love.

In health and happiness,

Kate

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